Arizona Road Cyclist News September 26, 2012
News for those who bicycle Arizona's streets and roads
Editor, Jack Quinn

 

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I lucked out this issue. Others did a lot of the writing for me. Thanks to an email by reader Tim Hayden to Scottsdale Police Commander Mike Rosenberger, the commander responded to my article in the last issue entitled "Scottsdale Police Need Training." Mike's email to Commander Rosenberger and the Commander's response are the lead article.

Sticking with Scottsdale, the City's Principal Transportation Planner, Reed Kempton, describes the progress in Scottsdale and in Maricopa County towards making the streets we ride more cycling friendly.

I have also added a few new cycling events to this issue including ABC's McDowell Mountain Century.

In the newsletter text, words and phrases in underlined blue text are hyperlinks that you can click for more information on other Websites.

In this issue:
    The Scottsdale Police Respond to Article
     Scottsdale & MAG Progress on Cycling by Reed Kempton
     Mt. Graham Hill Climb Championships -- September 30
     The 100 Ride for Jim Stenholm -- October 6
     GABA's Cave Creek Bike Tour -- October 6 & 7
     Best Buddies Criterium -- October 6
     Domenic Memorial Ride -- October  7
     Sonoita-Patagonia ITT -- October 7
     Peoria Ready-to-Ride Class -- October 13
     Tour de Scottsdale -- October 14
     Tour de Paradise -- October 20
     Tour de New River -- October 20
     Heart of Arizona Century/Brevet -- November 3
     ABC's McDowell Mountain Century -- November 10
     El Tour de Tucson -- November 17
     Feedback -- Our Readers Respond
     About Arizona Road Cyclist News

The Scottsdale Police Respond to Article

In the last issue of Arizona Road Cyclist News, I wrote that a small number of North Scottsdale police officers warned or even pulled over and lectured groups of cyclists who were doing nothing illegal and suggested that these officers might not be sufficiently versed in the traffic laws as they apply to cycling. Reader Tim Hayden forwarded a copy of the article to Scottsdale Police Commander Michael Rosenberger, who replied in a very cordial manner. The email exchange is reproduced below. As an editorial aside, although I stick with my view that many police officers need more training about the legal rights and obligations of cyclists using the streets, I am impressed with the Commander Rosenberger's positive attitude.

I also received a very positive response from Paradise Valley Police Commander Alan Laitsch a few months ago after I was pulled over by one of his officers and issued a bogus ticket for allegedly riding a bicycle without being in possession of a driver's license. The positive attitude of both of these police commanders contrasts with that of Phoenix Police Commander Glen Gardner of the Mountain View Precinct who never acknowledged that at least one of his officers acted improperly by stopping cyclists who were riding through the Biltmore and falsely implying that they were violating some sort of law by their mere presence on a private street.

From: Tim Hayden
Sent: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 4:33 PM
To: Rosenberger, Michael - 399

Subject: Scottsdale Police Need Training

Hello Commander Rosenberger,

My communication to you is by no means to offend or ridicule the North Scottsdale department. In fact I would simply like to voice my concerns and say a friendly hello to you. I simply wanted to share an article with you in AZ Road Cycling news that I found interesting. I copied it below. Statute 28-815 paragraph A4 is very informative as it related to the Saturday and Sunday rides where there are typically smaller volumes of traffic.

First however, I would like to thank the city for the improvements to all the roads for cyclists north of the 101. Wow! I moved from Troon back in 2004 and took a job transfer back here from Milwaukee with my family as we are looking to live in Windgate Ranch area. I was quite pleased to see signage and a recognition for cyclists now on the roads. I was sad to see that a fatality occurred with a distracted driver on Thompson Peak earlier in the year. Unfortunately the rumor with cyclists indicated to me that the DA’s office never investigated the female driver who hit and killed the rider. My hope is that your department and the cycling community can work together to bring additional awareness to distracted driving and excessive speeds.

I also wanted to ask you if you perform speed traps on Happy Valley and Pima. I witnessed just the other day that vehicles are still going way over the posted speeds especially in the evening. In fact there was a sports car going I’m sure well over 100 mph on Pima with total disregard to the law. I hope you will consider putting your officers with radar guns as it will send a message to these drivers. In Wisconsin, radar keeps everything safe on the roads as it sends a message to unruly drivers.

My family and I are all active cyclists as we now have a 3-year-old daughter. I’m truly looking to taking her on the roads in my Burley. I see that there are many more cycling families that have moved to North Scottsdale. These individuals are well educated and have great respect for the traffic laws and community in my opinion. As a category 1 USA Cycling member and competitor, I frequent these roads everyday and also do the group rides. My hope is that your officers are educated on the laws for cyclists and we can coexist together while having a friendly relationship. I realize that many older citizens who don’t ride or very wealthy snowbird residents may object to us riding in groups, but please understand that a strong cycling community in this area will only benefit everyone in the end with future activities and improved citizenship and quality of life. Please feel free to call me or communicate back to me at any time. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Best Regards,
Tim Hayden

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Mr. Hayden,

Thank you for your e-mail. Scottsdale does make bicycle riding a priority in all of our transportation planning and engineering as it relates to on-road use as well as our extensive bicycle trails. In fact, you probably already know this, but Scottsdale is recognized in the top 17 in the nation for friendly bicycle communities and was awarded a Gold Bicycle friendly community designation by the League of American Bicyclist in 2011. We also have a dedicated Police Bicycle Unit that conducts extensive training in bike safety in the community and trains our own SPD officers internally.

As we do have and have had a very active bicyclist community for quite some time, the Police department takes bicycle safety and bicyclist rights very seriously, and I am very confident that our officers are very well versed in State law as it pertains to bicycle use on public roadways. However, with over 400 officers it certainly is possible that a few may need more educating. If you or one of your cycling peers ever gets inappropriate direction from one of our officers please contact us that day with the information, time/location etc. That will give us a better chance to identify the specific officer and set him or her straight. I will also forward your training suggestion related to the ALB training curriculum for law enforcement to our Training Unit for review.

As far as Pima and Happy Valley, we do regularly monitor locations throughout the city with traditional speed enforcement and we utilize photo enforcement. We deploy based upon several criteria including collision data and citizen complaints. I will direct my officers to spend additional time in that area and get some photo enforcement time and see if we can have an impact on the high speeds that you are seeing.

Related to the rumor related to the bicyclist that was killed on Thompson Peak. I can assure you that the collision was thoroughly investigated by our Vehicular Crimes Reconstruction Unit experts and the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. The youthful driver drifted out of her lane striking the bicyclist. A real tragedy but the there were no factors that could raise the bar to criminal charges such as excessive speed, alcohol, drugs, reckless driving etc. But without question I agree that we need to do all we can to further educate the public on the perils of distracted driving.

I am also forwarding your email and the concerns mentioned below about officers out of the Via Linda District to Commander Bruce Ciolli who oversees the Via Linda District and the patrol officers that work that area of the City so he can be aware of the concern as well.

Thank you again for your email and please contact me for any future concerns.

Cmdr. Mike Rosenberger

Scottsdale & MAG Progress on Cycling by Reed Kempton

Reed Kempton is the principal transportation planner for the City of Scottsdale and also the chair of the Maricopa Association of Government (MAG) Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee. In the following article, he shares with us some of the ways that both governmental bodies are making life easier for cyclists.

He is also working to clarify the legal standing of cyclists using crosswalks. As discussed in an earlier edition of Arizona Road Cyclist News, the Arizona Revised Statutes offer legal protection to pedestrians who use crosswalks, but they are silent when it comes to persons riding a bicycle in a crosswalk, although many bike paths include crosswalks at places where those paths cross a street. Do cyclists have any protection if they are struck by a motor vehicle while cycling in a crosswalk? As things stand now, there is no clear answer to that question.

For those of you who are nerdy enough to dig into statutes, here's a link to the proposed changes in the laws regarding crosswalks in Microsoft Word .docx format. For those of you who are REALLY nerdy (I know you're out there) and want to read the Arizona Supreme Court decision from way back in 1980 in which Justice Hays wrote that the legislature should take up the matter, you can do so by clicking here. The document is in PDF format.

Here is Reed's report:

A project to put bike lanes on Dynamite from Pima to Alma School is about to go to construction. The segment from Alma School to 138th is a little more complicated. Arizona Fish and Game is working on a wildlife study to determine what animals are crossing the road since we have Preserve lands on both sides in this corridor. There are also major drainage issues to address. Once we have the results of the study, we will be able to determine what size, and how many, wildlife crossings are needed. We also want a grade separated trail crossing included. The options for the roadway will include everything from a land bridge to several oversized culverts. I expect to have the results of the study later this year.

The Shea connection has a project to add bike lanes in Fountain Hills and complete the shared use path from 142nd Street to the city’s boundary. It is on hold right now at the request of Fountain Hills. They don’t have the funds in place to move forward, but we are exploring some options. We are also working on providing a paved connection through Hidden Hills. The bicycle easement on the private street has been temporarily closed until the connection to Eagle Ridge is in place.

Bartlett Road is a Maricopa County facility. The two segments from Cave Creek Road to Bartlett Lake are listed in their bike plan as segments 81 and 82. I was unable to download a complete appendix from their web page, but have copied Denise Lacey. She may be able to provide more information.

We have started the update to our Transportation Master Plan and expect to have open house meetings on the plan starting in February.

I often find myself telling the next generation of bike/ped transportation planners to measure their success over the past decade, not the past year. As the current chair of the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee, I want to share the latest facility counts from our 2012 regional bike map along with historical counts from earlier versions.

There was a major change in the early 1990s when most of our local communities finally realized that the low speed, low volume collector street system didn’t get people to work. Very few collector streets crossed our new freeways and none crossed our rivers. That is when we started putting bike lanes on arterial streets.

The second major change is more recent and has had a significant impact on the regional shared use path system. Local traffic engineers agreed to stop cars for mid-block path and trail crossings. In the past few years, a number of HAWKs (pedestrian hybrid beacons), pedestrian signals, flashing beacons, and median refuges have been installed across the valley making the growing path system much more functional. The days of riding along a canal bank for a mile of peaceful bliss only to play “Frogger” when you reached the major street are finally almost gone.

(calculations are for centerline miles)

1992
78 miles of paved paths
118 miles of bike lanes

2001
128 miles of paved paths
660 miles of bike lanes

2003
143 miles of paved paths
815 miles of bike lanes

2005
162 miles of paved paths
920 miles of bike lanes

2008
219 miles of paved paths
1,270 miles of bike lanes

2012
288 miles of paved paths
1,541 miles of bike lanes

When we add in the unpaved trails, paved shoulders, and bike routes, the total for 2012 is 3,082 miles, significantly higher than the 435 total miles in 1992.

Here is the link to MAG Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee.

http://www.azmag.gov/Committees/Committee.asp?CMSID=1044

Reed Kempton
Principal Transportation Planner
City of Scottsdale
7447 E. Indian School Rd., Suite 205
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

480-312-7630

Fax: 480-312-4000

rkempton@ScottsdaleAZ.gov

www.ScottsdaleAZ.gov

Mt. Graham Hill Climb Championships -- September 30

This Saturday, the State Hill Climb Championships start in Safford, Arizona from where riders will climb either 10 or 20 miles up Mount Grahm. The rough average time up the mountain is an hour for the 10-mile ride and two hours for the 20-mile ride. Winners in each category will receive an Arizona State Hill Climb Championship polka dot jersey. The first three finishers in each category will also win state championship medals. This is a mass-start race and not a time trial.

This year's event should be especially challenging, because there are two sections of the course where roadwork is underway and the pavement has been removed. Both sections, which are reported to be about one-tenth of a mile in length, are dirt. According to race promoter Nippy Feldhake, the contractor will not be working over the weekend but has promised to leave that two dirt sections compacted when work ceases on Friday. Just how traffic will affect the surface before Sunday's race is an open question. Nippy writes that one of the sections begins 5.9 miles into the race and that the second begins at the 8.10-mile point.

Entry fees were $10 for juniors and $40 for others until September 11, but now  an additional $5 late fee has kicked in. Online registration closes tomorrow, September 27.

To view the ride's Website, click here.

The 100 Ride for Jim Stenholm -- October 6

As regular readers know, every year in October the 100 Ride for Jim Stenholm remembers a deceased bike racer, a former Phoenix police officer, a member of the Phoenix Consumer Cycling Club, a husband, and the father of two small children. It also provides Phoenix-area cyclists the chance to enjoy a great ride at a reasonable price while supporting the families of deceased and injured fire fighters and police officers. This is the way Jim would have enjoyed spending a Saturday morning.

This ride is also a chance for cyclists to improve relations with the Phoenix Police Department, as many of the motorcycle officers enjoy chatting with the cyclists at the rest stops and over lunch following the ride, and quite a few officers don police cycling jerseys and pedal along with us.

Thanks to the Phoenix Police, which will stop traffic to allow us to keep rolling through intersections without stopping, we get to ride right through red lights while motorists sit immobile in their cars and watch us pedal by. For once we'll get to run red lights legally!

There are two SAG stops en route with cold drinks, fruit, and homemade cookies, and lunch in the park is included at the end of the ride. Each rider will also receive a small gift, which is rumored to be a pair of the coveted Jim Stenholm cycling socks this year.

The 100 is so named for two reasons. For one, it raises money for the 100 Club, and for another, 100 kilometers is 62 miles, which evokes Jim's  police badge number, 6205. OK, the ride is a few miles short of its advertised distance, but who's counting?

The  ride starts and ends at Desert Horizon Park at 16030 North 56th Street (at Paradise Lane, which is between Bell and Greenway roads) at 8 a.m. Registration opens at 6:30 a.m. Riders are asked to sign a release and make a $30 donation, which is very modest compared the the registration fees of most charity rides. (If you register for the Tour de Scottsdale 70-mile ride today, the entry fee will set you back $100, and it kicks up to $120 on October 12. I have been told that only a portion of that money goes to charity.)

You can view the ride's brochure in PDF format by clicking here, and the route map can be viewed by clicking here. The ride also has a Facebook page.

GABA's Cave Creek Bike Tour -- October 6 & 7

GABA's Cave Creek Bike Tour (Cave Creek, New Mexico, not the one north of Phoenix in Arizona) is a 42-mile-a-day ride that starts in Roadforks, New Mexico and goes to the eastern side of the Chiricahua Mountains and Cave Creek Canyon. Those who would like to tack on a few more miles can add a loop through Cotton City and Animas.

The ride ends at the Southwestern Research Station in the Coronado National Forest, which is operated by the American Museum of National History and has dormitory-style cabins.

Price of the ride is $110 for members of GABA and the Arizona Bicycle Club. Others pay $125.

To connect to the ride's Web page, click here.

Best Buddies Criterium -- October 6

The Best Buddies Arizona Criterium has been rescheduled to October 6. At the bottom of the page that says that a $10 one-day "USCF" (meaning USA Cycling, I assume) license is required. May those of us who hold annual licenses enter the race? I assume we can, although the Website implies otherwise. 

Races are scheduled for most USA Cycling categories and age groups for 10-year old juniors through 45+ men and 35+ women cyclists. There will be no races for us old folks unless we want to jump in with the younger riders.

The race will be held at Firebird International Raceway and has a $3,000 prize list. Funds raised will go to aid Best Buddies, which is an organization to promote friendships "for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities."

I could find no information on the ride's Webpage as to how to register or what the entry fees are. I assume that the Webpage is a work in progress and will be updated. You can check for yourself by clicking here.

Domenic Memorial Ride -- October 7

The Domenic Memorial Ride is supposed to be held in memory of Domenic Malvestuto, the founder of Domenic's Cyclery in Tempe and also the person who started the Strada racing team. Domenic passed away from cancer on October 6, 2011. However, I have still be unable to find any details about this ride. In the absence of such information, you can read a short biography of Domenic Malvestuto on the Strada Racing Club Website by clicking here.

Sonoita-Patagonia ITT -- October 7

The Sonoita-Patagonia individual time trial will likely be the last race of the year sanctioned by the Arizona Bicycle Racing Association. The time trial starts at the Sonoita Fairgrounds, which is located south of the junction of highways AZ-83 and AZ-82. The course is downhill, 20 kilometers long, and reported to be very fast. All riders who average 30 miles per hour or more receive a "Minimun Speed: 30 mph" t-shirt.

Registration is $3 for juniors and $20 for others. Tucson residents can register in person the night before the race at Leura's Mexican Restuarnt, 2005 E Broadway Boulevard in Tucson. Others must register online. There are separate categories for all USA cycling categories and age groups plus fixed-gear and tandem categories.

To check out the race, click here.

Peoria Ready-to-Ride Class -- October 13

The best thing about this class for novice cyclists on the basics of bicycling and riding on the streets in traffic is that it's FREE! The class will take place on October 13 from 9 a.m. until noon in the Lakeview Room of Río Vista Recreation Center at 8866 West Thunderbird Road in Peoria, Arizona. Participants must be at least 16 years of age. The class, which is presented by the Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists and the Maricopa Association of Governments, will include classroom instruction on the basics of cycling plus about 45 minutes of practice in the parking lot. Participants must bring their bikes and a helmet.

For more information on this free class, click here.

Tour de Scottsdale -- October 14

The Tour de Scottsdale is one ride that does not need a long write-up, because everyone has heard of it. "El Tour" takes place on October 14 this year, and registration has been open for some time. There are three categories with a choice of two distances, making for six options in all. Riders can chose to ride either 30 or 70 miles (a little birdie told me the long course is actually two miles shorter than advertised) as individuals, on a tandem with a partner, or as part of a team with a minimum of six cyclists. There is also an expo associated with the ride and a walk, run, and roll family event.

To connect to the Tour de Scottsdale Website, click here. Be prepared to shell out beaucoup bucks as your registration fee. This is not a ride for us cheapskates.

Tour de Paradise -- October 20

The Tour de Paradise is a fund-raising ride for a non-profit organization called Duet, which provides assistance to older adults and their families to cope with the challenges related to aging. There are three distances available: a 62-mile metric century, a 30-mile ride, and an eight-mile family fun ride. The rides start at Moon Valley Park at Seventh Avenue and Coral Gables Drive in Phoenix at  7 a.m. There is also a pre-ride packet pickup party scheduled the evening before from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Duck and Decanter at 1651 East Camelback Road in Phoenix.

The registration fee is a reasonable $25 until September 15, $35 from September 16 to October 1, and $40 from October 2 to 20. However, all riders 17 years of age and older are also required to raise a minimum of $100 in donations. There is also has a 10th Anniversary Jersey for sale at $59.

The ride's Web site can be viewed by clicking here.

Tour de New River -- October 20

The Tour de New River is yet another fund-raising ride. This ride is to raise money to end the cycle of poverty in Africa.

There are four rides of different lengths: a 40-mile road ride, a 72-mile road ride, a 14-mile mountain bike ride, and a ride that the organizers are calling a "Schizophrenic Duathilon." The latter ride consists of 4 miles on the mountain bike, 35 miles on the road bike, and finally another 4 miles on the mountain bike.

The rides start and end at the Desert View Bible Church at 105 West Carefree Highway in Phoenix. Check-in starts at 6:30 am. The long bike ride starts at 7:00 and the duathilon will start at about 7:10. The other two rides start at 8:30.

Registration is $80 per rider for all of the rides, which means that a tandem team pays a total of $160. Riders are also expected to raise donations. Those who raise $300 or more in donations receive a free ride jersey. All riders will receive a raffle ticket for prizes, and those who raise large donations will receive an extra raffle ticket for every $250 above the $300 level.

View the Ride's Website by clicking here.

Heart of Arizona Century/Brevet -- November 3

The Heart of Arizona Century is one of my favorite rides. The "Heart" vies with Mining Country for the honor of being the toughest one-day century ride in Arizona, as both rides feature lots and lots of climbing.

In addition to the 104-mile century, the ride has a 200-kilometer or 125-mile brevet (correctly pronounced "bray-VAY") sanctioned by Randonneurs USA (RUSA). The century and brevet follow the same course except that the brevet tacks on two out-and-back side trips along the route to make up the extra miles. This year a third distance has been added, a 44-mile "Heart Intro Ride" for those who are not up to 6,000 feet or more of climbing. The new 44-mile route has a wimpy 3,100 feet of climbing. Piece a' cake!

As a reward for all the climbing, riders are treated near the end of all three rides to the thrilling descent down Yarnell Hill where they can coast for seven miles with no more exertion than occasionally tapping the brakes when going into the frequent hairpin turns.

The ride starts and ends in the little hamlet of Congress, which is about 17 miles past Wickenburg.

This is a tough ride, but believe me, it is one of the best rides in Arizona for those who are in physical condition to do it, and it is a ride that I highly recommend.

The cost of the ride is $40 for members of the Bull Shifters, the Arizona Bicycle Club, the Phoenix Metro Bicycle Club, and RUSA until October 27. Non-members should add an additional $5. After October 27, add a $10 late-registration fee.

All riders who pre-register will receive a pair of Defeet merino wool arm warmers, which retail for about $40. When you add in the free lunch at Kirkland Junction, the munchies at the SAG stops, and the hamburger and hot dog fry after the ride, it almost seems that the Bull Shifters are paying cyclists to do the ride.

To view the ride's Web site with links to the entry and release forms as well as route maps and descriptions, click here.

ABC's McDowell Mountain Century -- November 10

The Arizona Bicycle Club's McDowell Mountain Century is an annual event and is one of two century rides that the club promotes each year. This year the ride will be held on November 10 and will start at Sereno Park at 56th Street and Sweetwater.

There are three ride lengths to chose from. The century ride isn't quite a full century at 96 miles, but who's quibbling? On the other hand, the metric century more that lives up to its name at 70 miles in length (112 kilometers). For those looking for a more leisurely ride, perhaps with the family, there is also a 36-mile ride. The century includes 3,233 feet of climbing; the metric century has 2,549 feet of climbing, and the 36-mile ride has 1,076 feet of climbing.

Registration opens at 6:30 a.m. Registration is $35 for members of ABC, GABA, and the Bull Shifters if paid in advance. Non-members pay $40. Day-of-ride registration is available for a $10 surcharge. For this riders get roaming support, up to 3 SAG stops (depending on the length of the ride selected), a club water bottle, and lunch after the ride.

For more information, connect to the ride Web page by clicking here.

El Tour de Tucson -- November 17

Almost all Arizona cyclists and indeed many cyclists worldwide are familiar with the Tour de Tucson, which takes place every year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving and attracts thousands of riders. 9,000 are expected this year. Registration will be limited to 10,000 cyclists.

The Tour de Tucson features rides for cyclists of almost all abilities. Riders may chose among 111-, 85-, 60-, and 42-mile routes or to ride with the kids on one of the shorter fun rides with distances of 5, 3, and 1/4 miles.

Be prepared to get off the bike. The 111-mile route includes two dry (hopefully) river crossings, and the 85-mile ride includes one of those crossings. If there's a big rainstorm the night before the ride, be prepared to swim with your bike in tow.

All rides include aid stations with water and snacks spaced between seven and ten miles of each other, and the rides have police support. All finishers will receive a medal (everyone is a winner), and there will be a fiesta after the ride.

Riders may also purchase a ride jersey for $79 or chose from a variety of event clothing such as cycling gloves, baseball caps, event shirts, and arm warmers to mention a few.

The ride is not cheap, and some mathematical skill is required to calculate the total registration fee. Part of the total cost of the ride is a processing fee, which rises in steps to $55 by November 10. In addition there is an $80 ride fee and a minimum $15 contribution for the longer rides. The ride fee for the fun ride is $15 per individual rider or $10 for riders who register as part of a group of four or more.

If you think the ride is worth the cost, and thousands do, if you are not too mathematically challenged to calculate the total entry fee, and if you don't mind risking a bad crash with possible permanent injury in a pack of inexperienced riders, start the registration process on the ride's Website by clicking here.

Feedback -- Our Readers Respond

Hey Jack! -- Oh, I'm gonna miss ARCN, but i guess everything must change!

Hey, regarding LAB law enforcement training -- I am not aware of anything like that (offered by LAB)... if you do find out they have something please let me know.

There are numerous other sorts of law-enforcement training programs and flyers; typically (for sort of obvious reasons) aimed at one particular state -- e.g. a good example is ohio pamphlet http://cycle-safety.com/OH-Law-Enforcement-booklet.pdf

On my "Where to ride on the road" page I highlighted one that was funded by NHTSA because it's stated purpose was to be a model law-enforcement training program http://azbikelaw.org/blog/where-to-ride-on-the-road/

More locally, the Coalition of Arizona Bicyclists is presently under contract with MAG (Maricopa Assoc of Gov'ts) to produce  law enforcement training. I am not sure of the timeline; it is currently under development. It would be voluntary, of course -- in other words, a police department would have to assent to take (or use) the materials.

Ed Beighe

[I erred when I wrote that the League of American Bicyclists has a course on cycling for law enforcement agencies. I was told that was the case, but I got lazy and didn't verify the information. It apparently isn't true. -- JQ]

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Jack:

Your work will be missed!  Enjoy your retirement.

George Esahak-Gage

[Perhaps someone will step forward to continue the work. -- JQ]

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